Scottish Academy of Asian Arts

The Scottish Academy of Asian Arts provides regular education classes in South Asian art forms, and also arts in education, including in-service training.

Scottish Academy of Arts

The SAAA promotes the talents of South Asian artists

The Scottish Academy of Asian Arts is a centre of excellence, focused on the promotion of South Asian and Multi-ethnic performing and visual arts.

Its mission statement says:

“To develop and sustain a centre of excellence for the promotion of South Asian and culturally diverse arts by organising high quality, innovative and enduring outreach community projects, arts education, training and programming in partnership with other agencies.”

The organisation has gone through changes from originally being set-up as the Asian Artistes Association in 1976 to a fully established limited company with charitable status in 1999.

The SAAA delivers a continous stream of activities within Scotland which try to encapsulate the needs of the South Asian artforms. The activites feature dance and music primarily from South Asia. The SAAA is responsible for delivering a variety of events and educational workshops. These include the following:

  • The Glasgow Mela – largest annual multi-cultural event in West of Scotland
  • Education classes
  • Community outreach projects
  • Events programme
  • Music-touring network

The SAAA promotes the talents of South Asian artists and a wider range of Black and Minority Ethnic artists.
With the aim to support and encourage diverse cultural art forms that can be delivered to audiences in Scotland.

The SAAA has an active social inclusion policy and expands networks throughout Scotland that embrace partnership work and initiatives which progresses innovative new work which situates the Academy in the activity of mainstream arts organisations.

For more information contact:

Scottish Academy of Asian Arts
Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre
6-8 Daisy Street
G42 8JL

Telephone: 0141 423 2210
Fax: 0141 423 2294
E-mail: or

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